Immolation – Majesty And Decay

No strangers to the realm of death metal, Immolation is undoubtedly at the top of their game with their latest release, Majesty and Decay. This release also marks the first release with their new label, Nuclear Blast Records.

Many bands today talk about how their new album will be the “heaviest and hardest hitting” they've ever done, and how they are going to push the envelope of metal. While many bands claim this, Immolation have truly done it. The vocals have deepened and become even more sinister, the guitar work has become more ferocious and the drumming continues to push the barriers of speed and technicality.

There are so many stand out features of Majesty and Decay it is difficult to describe. In terms of the musicianship and talent displayed, it is second to none. The drums are very pronounced and heavy, no clicky kick drums here. The guitar work is again top notch with a perfect mix of fast paced shredding and slow grooves throughout the record. Vocal delivery is simply perfect, not covering the music or being drowned out by it.

The hardest part of this record to describe is the overall sound and production. If you go back to other albums from Immolation the songs are heavy and hit hard, but simply put, the songs on the new album hit harder. This album is a fully loaded freight train that pummels you with huge walls of sound. The songs don't have to be played at warp speed, instead they have depth, mass, and power. Songs like A Glorious Epoch, A Token of Malice, and Majesty and Decay take hold of you with massive strength and force that cannot be matched.

Immolation has continuously outdone themselves and Majesty and Decay is no exception. Any fan of death metal should have this album.

1. Intro
2. The Purge
3. A Token Of Malice
4. Majesty And Decay
5. Divine Code
6. In Human Form
7. A Glorious Epoch
8. Interlude
9. A Thunderous Consequence
10. The Rapture Of Ghosts
11. Power And Shame
12. The Comfort Of Cowards

Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Rob Lutterman
Mar 10, 2010
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